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July 14, 2014 Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in Wolfsburg, Germany announce the production of a new midsize SUV:
“This model will play a key role for Volkswagens presence in North America”
* Volkswagen Group of America to invest approximately $900 million in the project
* Second model to be produced in Chattanooga, in addition to the US-built Passat, starting from the end of 2016
* Approximately 2,000 additional jobs to be created
* Establishment of a National Research & Development and Planning Center in Chattanooga
* Group Works Council Chairman Osterloh to be named a member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America
“The United States of America is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen. Over the past few years, we have achieved a lot there. We are now launching the second phase of the Volkswagen campaign in the US. With the midsize SUV, the expansion of the Chattanooga plant and the new development center, the focus is on the wishes of the US customer. This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location. The Volkswagen brand is going on the attack again in America,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in Wolfsburg.